Both Greater Clark County Schools and New Albany Floyd County Schools, which each have more than 10,000 students, are offering virtual learning options for students.
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The plan, which takes effect July 1 and passed on a 6-1 vote, is expected to save the school district at least $5.5 million and potentially more than $6 million.
If approved by the board Jan. 26, the district expects to save at least $5.5 million and potentially more than $6 million by closing Bridgepoint Elementary, transitioning Corden Porter programming to other schools, removing certification requirements for teaching related arts classes, outsourcing janitorial and maintenance work, and more cost-saving measures starting July 1.
Internal meetings with staff affected by the proposed cuts are underway, Laughner said in the letter obtained by WDRB News.
Several school employees, most of them teachers, had been quarantined after exposure to COVID-19, prompting Greater Clark County Schools to initially suspend in-person instruction at Jeffersonville High for a week starting Tuesday.
Greater Clark County Schools has added seven days of distance learning for students attending classes during the first semester, giving the district 25 total through December.
“Everybody’s anxious to start school, but this is a little extra this year,” Superintendent Mark Laughner said outside the newly opened Franklin Square Elementary School on Wednesday. “We do feel like we have a safe plan in place for our students and staff, and we’re ready to get started.”
The school board was split Tuesday night and narrowly passed the policy by one vote.